Our Organization’s Purpose

OUR PURPOSE

According to the charter the Chamber does the following:
1. Serve as an organization of Filipino businessmen and professionals in the Pacific Northwest for a common goal.
2. Provide a center of information on trade and business among members and other entities.
3. Promote and develop business ethical standards among members.
4. Support issues affecting member businessmen and professionals.
5. Assist members to succeed in their particular field.
6. Perform such other purposes allowed under the Washington Corporation Act as a non-profit corporation.

OUR HISTORY

The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest was first organized in 1972. Some Key officers and members who were involved with the Chamber were Manuel Rustia, a university professor, Philip Sarmiento, a consular commercial attaché, and businessmen like Ben Santos , Vincent Lawsin, and restaurateur Tony Del Fierro. Due to inactivity the Chamber folded in late 1970’s. It was however revived in 1983 by some members of the inactive Chamber and some new faces in the business community. However, history repeated itself. The Chamber lost its steam and folded after about two years from its revival.

The Chamber was again established in 1993 and with a strong membership of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers, the Chamber prided itself with being at the right place where relevant developments unfold. In 2003 the Chamber was part of Seattle trade delegation to the Philippines. Two years later the Chamber earned regional attention when it sponsored its 2005 USA- Philippines International Trade Conference in Seattle with more than 50 business leaders and owners from the Philippines attending. In the mid and late 2000s the Chamber became very active with the State government in collaboration with other ethnic chambers across the State.

Past President(s) were:

1983 to 1985 Lalaine Bennet Wong (former 1963 Miss Universe, 3rd runner up )
1993 to 1994 Rasty Campos
1994 to March/2006 Bert Golla, CPA
April/2006 to March/2010/2006 Alex Borromeo
April /2010 to March/ 2012 Sheila Burrus
April /2012 to March/ 2014 Gideon Episolta

Current President is:

April/2014 to Present A. Barretto Ogilvie